I Have Gamer ADD
According to Urban Dictionary, Gamer ADD is:
The condition of a gamer who switches the game he is playing in very quick intervals, which may be caused by a variety of reasons. This may be caused by rage quitting, heavy lag, a short attention span, strong boredom, or a combination of two or more of these reasons.
It’s primarily attributed to video games, but it’s not exclusive to those of us who spend countless hours in front of a bright glowing box. Nope, it also applies to those of us who would rather roll dice on a tabletop. And not necessarily that we jump from playing one game to the next, it can also be in what we’re currently painting or building.
I should have known I had issues about a month back when I discovered 25 Bolt Action Germans sitting at the bottom of one of my gaming bags, primed and ready for painting, but forgotten and left for dead. I just reasoned this away to the fact that we had stopped playing Bolt Action a year or two ago, and these were just left over figures that I would get around to painting one day.
What really confirmed it for me was when Mighty Ape announced their Easter Hobbies Sale. Anytime Mighty Ape has a Hobbies Sale I browse what’s on offer, and quite often purchase something, most commonly a starter set for a new game system that looks interesting. I almost did the same thing with the Easter Sale. I saw that Mighty Ape had discounted the starter set for Blood Red Skies. One click and it was on my wishlist, which is how I buy things I don’t need. Put them on my wishlist so that later that night when I’ve convinced myself that I need the item, it’s just a simple click away.
After putting it on my wishlist, I suddenly remembered all the cool games I have in barely opened boxes waiting patiently for me to paint the figures so I could play the actual game. I have issues with having to have fully painted figures before I play a new board game or tabletop game, but let’s not analyze that today.
So I did something sensible, I asked my local gaming group’s Facebook page what they thought of Blood Red Skies. The feedback was fairly negative, which helped re-enforce the growing realisation that I didn’t need another starter set to paint. I already had enough shit needing painting to last me at least till the end of the year.
I now realised that I had Gamer ADD. I just couldn’t stay focused on one project – looking at my hobby station I currently have SIX painting projects on the go, and SEVEN scenery projects on the go, with two ready to be started. I think I also have about FIVE painting projects (mostly from starter sets) ready to start, along with a whole heap of Bolt Action stuff in stasis.
This may not seem like a problem to some people, but I have very limited hobby time and I am a slow painter, so buying new stuff just means I’m becoming a hoarder, and whilst I’ll certainly get the initial buzz that comes from buying new toys, that buzz soon gets replaced by the guilt of knowing I’m never likely to get round to painting it, let alone playing it.
So I’ve decided to take action. I don’t think you can actually cure Gamer ADD, but you can try and control it. I currently have FIVE starter sets or board games on my wishlist and after posting this admission to my Gamer ADD, I’m going to remove all of them off my wishlist.
I’m going to focus on finishing my current projects before starting new ones and then focus on painting all the stuff I actually want to play. I’m going to ban myself from buying any new systems or games unless I find a decent Kickstarter to back as that is on my list of things I want to try.
I will control this demon.